The Humiliation of Harry: Prince 'heartbroken' after Queen's 'ER' initials stripped from his military uniform

To add insult to injury, Harry was 'devastated' when he found out that his uncle, Prince Andrew, still had the intitials on his uniform

The Humiliation of Harry: Prince 'heartbroken' after Queen's 'ER' initials stripped from his military uniform
Prince Harry (pictured behind Prince William) lost his 'ER' shoulder cipher after stepping down as a working royal (Aaron Chown-WPA Pool/Getty Images)
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LONDON, UK: Prince Harry is reportedly beside himself after losing the Queen's 'ER' initials from the shoulder of his military uniform as he held a vigil by her coffin.

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The Duke of Sussex, 38, is reportedly "devastated" after Prince Andrew was allowed to keep the royal cipher, and is said to have considered wearing a morning suit to avoid the embarrassment as the monarch's eight grandchildren carried out a solemn guard of honor for her inside Westminster Hall on Saturday, September 17. William and Harry stood at either end of their beloved grandmother's coffin and were joined by cousins Zara Tindall and Peter Phillips, Princesses Beatrice, and Eugenie, and Lady Louise Windsor and her brother Viscount Severn

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Harry, who has served two tours in Afghanistan, had been prevented from wearing a military uniform earlier this week as well, considering he was no longer a working royal. However, King Charles granted him permission to wear the livery for the somber vigil inside the Palace of Westminster. The Sunday Times reported that the Duke was understood to have been devastated to find his grandmother's initials stripped from the shoulder of his uniform. Meanwhile, the cipher was retained on Prince William's uniform.

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Harry's disappointment reportedly stems from the fact that Andrew, who is also no longer a working royal, retained the initials on his vice-admiral's uniform as the Queen's children held a vigil on Friday, September 16. It's worth noting that the Duke had previously worn the cipher as he was a Personal Aide de Camp of the Queen. However, he had to give up the title after he stepped back from royal duties and moved to California with his wife, Meghan Markle.

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Prince William, Prince of Wales, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex arrive to hold a vigil in honour of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Hall on September 17, 2022 in London, England. Queen Elizabeth II's grandchildren mount a family vigil over her coffin lying in state in Westminster Hall. Queen Elizabeth II died at Balmoral Castle in Scotland on September 8, 2022, and is succeeded by her eldest son, King Charles III.
Prince William, Prince of Wales, and Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex arrive to hold a vigil in honor of Queen Elizabeth II at Westminster Hall on September 17, 2022, in London, England (Photo by Aaron Chown-WPA Pool/Getty Images)

The 'ER' cipher is traditionally only worn by those "in service" of the monarch, and therefore the absence of the initials could simply be chalked up to dress regulations as opposed to a blatant snub. However, Harry is understood to have been deeply hurt by the decision and as mentioned, considered wearing a morning suit in order to avoid being embarrassed. "He is heartbroken. To remove his grandmother’s initials feels very intentional," a friend of the prince told the Times on condition of anonymity.

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This comes amid hopes of reconciliation between the estranged brothers following the Queen's demise. It was a poignant moment as the princes walked side by side behind her coffin as it was moved to lie in state at the Palace of Westminster on Wednesday, September 14. The scene was reminiscent of the siblings walking behind the coffin of their mother Princess Diana at her funeral in 1997. That said, William and Harry also put on an unexpected united front with their respective wives during a walkabout outside Windsor Castle on Saturday, when they greeted civilians paying their respects to the late monarch.

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Catherine, Princess of Wales, Prince William, Prince of Wales, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex meet members of the public on the long Walk at Windsor Castle on September 10, 2022 in Windsor, England. Crowds have gathered and tributes left at the gates of Windsor Castle to Queen Elizabeth II, who died at Balmoral Castle on 8 September, 2022.
Catherine, Princess of Wales, Prince William, Prince of Wales, Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex, and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex meet members of the public on the long Walk at Windsor Castle on September 10, 2022, in Windsor, England (Photo by Kirsty O'Connor - WPA Pool/Getty Images)

Sources close to the brothers, however, have said there has been "no meaningful rapprochement" as yet. A source close to Harry recently said that being back in his brother's company had been "uncomfortable" and "difficult" at times this week. Furthermore, reconciliation may be farfetched at this point with Harry's upcoming memoir and the Sussexes Netflix documentary that is in the works, the Daily Mail reported.

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